Since its humble start in 1872 as a one-room cabinet of curiosities, the University of Minnesota’s Bell Museum of natural history has become one of the state’s most important cultural institutions. From its conception as part of a state-mandated geological and natural history survey, to its most recent ventures into technology, environmental science, and DNA sequencing, the Bell Museum has informed, explained, and expanded our relationship to the natural world. Drawing on a wealth of materials unearthed during the museum’s recent move, the gorgeously illustrated book, A Natural Curiosity, chronicles the remarkable discoveries and personalities that have made the Bell Museum what it is today. Join us for a special evening book launch event with co-authors Barbara Coffin and Don Luce. Hosted by the Bell’s Science Director Dr. George Weiblen, the virtual event will feature brief presentations by the authors and a moderated discussion focused on the museum’s leadership and innovation in public education throughout its long history. WEDS, 7 PM. Free, registration required.
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